Eulogies & Words of Remembrance
It is almost impossible to summate a person’s life in a few minutes however the eulogy can contain poignant facts and include highlights of a person’s life.
Practice and become familiar with the delivery of your speech so you will be comfortable presenting it. Don’t worry if you can’t memorise it, you are not expected to.
Print your notes and refer to them as often as you may need. Public speaking can be difficult, especially at a funeral service, remember that you will be surrounded by loving family and friends.
- Usually, eulogies are spoken for a few minutes, approximately 3 – 5 minutes is often recommended.
- Obtain feedback from those you trust (family and friends) often another viewpoint or another person’s memories will assist you.
A eulogy may be one of the most difficult speeches you will deliver but your audience will also be one of the most supportive, they will be sharing your difficulty. Giving a eulogy is a noble gesture that people will appreciate, admire and remember.
- Dress appropriately for the occasion
- Speak slowly and clearly
- Don’t rush, take your time
- Don’t worry if you lose your words or become emotional, there will be people to support you – pause, take a few breaths and carry on.
- Have a backup plan. Either have a written copy that you can read from or someone who can step in and continue the eulogy if required.
For more information, read our checklist for presenting a eulogy.